National Yang-Ming University, Department & Institute of Physiology

National Yang-Ming University, Department & Institute of Physiology

Hui-Ching Lin

Research Field    Publications   Research grant    Lab intro    (2016.08.24 update)


Name Hui-Ching Lin   


Position Professor
Tel. 28267944
Fax No. 28264049
E-mail hclin7@ym.edu.tw

Ph.D., Institute of Basic Medical Science, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan


M.S., Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung

University, Tainan, Taiwan(2000)  
School of  Pharmacy, College  of  Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei



Associate Professor, Department and Institute of Physiology, National Yang-Ming University. (2016.8-2019.7)

Assistant Professor, Department and Institute of Physiology, National Yang-Ming University. (2011.8-2016.7)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.(2008-2011)  

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, The Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée INSERM U901, Université de la Méditerranée, Parc Scientifique de Luminy, Marseille, France. (2011)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, The Cain Foundation Laboratories, Houston, Texas, USA.(2010)

Department of Pharmacy, Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. (2000-2003)

Research Interests:

1. Autism is recognized as a neurodevelopmental disorder. It is characterized by impaired social interaction, deficit in communication and repetitive behaviors. A challenging, but potentially fruitful approach to evaluate proposed brain abnormalities of autism is to study analogous behaviors in rodent models. We will focus on the role of the cellular mechanisms of excitatory and inhibitory balance in the animal model of autism. We will design therapeutic interventions to minimize the neurological and behavioral abnormalities of autism.

2. My laboratory investigates the brain function and emotional memory processes in Psychiatric Disease. We will focus on the neurobiological mechanisms in the emotional imbalances in animals with psychiatric disorders. We will emphasis on the role of neurotransmitter receptors regulation, the neuronal circuitry and synaptic plasticity function in emotional regulation by using pharmacological, molecular, animal behavior, and electrophysiological assessments.

3. Use non-drug strategies such as deep brain stimulation to improve neurodevelopmental disorders or mental problems.


Selected Recent Publications:
1 Lee CW, Chen YJ, Wu HF, Chung YJ, Lee YC, Li CT*, Lin HC * Ketamine ameliorates severe traumatic event-induced antidepressant-resistant depression in a rat model through ERK activation. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2019 Mar ;93:102-113. 
2 Wu HF, Chen YJ, Chu MC, Hsu YT, Lu TY, Chen IT, Chen PS, Lin HC *. Deep Brain Stimulation Modified Autism-like Deficits via the Serotonin System in a Valproic Acid-Induced Rat Model. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018 Sep; 19(9) pii: E2840.
3 Kuo CJ, Huang CC, Chou SY, Lo YC, Kao TJ, Huang NK, Lin C, Lin HC, Lin HC*, Lee YC*. Potential therapeutic effect of curcumin, a natural mTOR inhibitor, in tuberous sclerosis complex. Phytomedicine. 2019 Feb;54:132-139.  *co-corresponding authors.
4 Lee YC, Huang WC, Lin JH, Kao TJ, Lin HC, Lee KH, Lin HC, Shen CJ, Chang WC, Huang CC. Znf179 E3 ligase-mediated TDP-43 polyubiquitination is involved in TDP-43- ubiquitinated inclusions (UBI) (+)-related neurodegenerative pathology. Journal of Biomedical Science. 2018 Nov 8;25(1):76.
5 Lee HT, Lee KI, Lin HC, Lee TS. Genetic Deletion of Soluble Epoxide Hydroxylase Causes Anxiety-Like Behaviors in Mice. 2018 Jul Molecular Neurobiology.doi: 10.1007/s12035-018-1261-z.
6 Wu HF, Chen PS, Hsu YT, Lee CW, Wang TF, Chen YJ, Lin HC*. D-Cycloserine ameliorates autism-like deficits by removing GluA2-containing AMPA receptors in a valproic acid-induced rat model. Molecular Neurobiology. 2018 Jun;55(6):4811-4824.
7 Chang LH, Lin HC, Huang SS, Chen IC, Chu KW, Chih CL, Liang YW, Lee YC, Chen YY, Lee YH, Lee IH. Blockade of soluble epoxide hydrolase attenuates post-ischemic neuronal hyperexcitation and confers resilience against stroke with TrkB activation. Scientific Reports . 2018 Jan 8;8(1):118.
8 Yeh CH, Hsieh LP, Lin MC, Wei TS, Lin HC, Chang CC, Hsing CH. Dexmedetomidine reduces lipopolysaccharide induced neuroinflammation, sickness behavior, and anhedonia. PLoS One 2018, Jan;13 (1):e0191070.
9 Wu HF, Chen PS, Chen YJ, Lee CW, Chen IT, Lin HC*. Alleviation of N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor-Dependent Long-term depression via regulation of the Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3β pathway in the amygdala of a valproic acid-induced animal model of autism. Molecular Neurobiology 2017 Sep; 54(7), 5264-5276.
10 Wu HF#, Chen YJ#, Wu SZ, Lee CW, Chen IT, Lee YC, Huang CC, Hsing CH, Tang CW, Lin HC*.  Soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor and 14, 15-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid-facilitated long-term potentiation through cAMP and CaMKII in the hippocampus. Neural Plasticity. 2017Jul. #equal contribution.
11 Huang HJ, Wang YT, Lin HC, Lee YH, Lin AM. Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase Inhibition Attenuates MPTP-Induced Neurotoxicity in the Nigrostriatal Dopaminergic System: Involvement of α-Synuclein Aggregation and ER Stress. Molecular Neurobiology. 2017Aug. DOI: 10.1007/s12035-017-0726-9.
12 Wang CF, Yang SH, Lin SH, Chen PC, Lo YC, Pan HC, Lai HY, Liao LD, Lin HC, Chen HY, Huang WC, Huang WJ, Chen YY. A proof-of-principle simulation for closed-loop control based on preexisting experimental thalamic DBS-enhanced instrumental learning. Brain Stimulation 2017 Feb. pii: S1935-861X(17) 30611-3.
13 Lee KI, Lin HCLee HT, Tsai FC, Lee TS. Loss of transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 channel deregulates emotional, social, cognitive, learning and memory development. Molecular Neurobiology 2017 Jul;54(5):3606-3617.
14 Wang YT, Lin HC, Zhao WZ, Huang HJ, Lo YL, Wang HT, Lin AM. Acrolein acts as a neurotoxin in the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system of rat: involvement of α-synuclein aggregation and programmed cell death. Scientific Reports . 2017 Apr 12;7:45741.
15 Tsou JH, Yang YC, Pao PC, Lin HCHuang NK, Lin ST, Hsu KS, Yeh CM, Lee KH, Kuo CJ, Yang DM, Lin JH, Chang WC, Lee YC. Important roles of Ring Finger Protein 112 in embryonic vascular development and brain function. Molecular Neurobiology. 2017 Apr;54(3):2286-2300.
16 Li CT, Lu CF, Lin HC, Huang YZ, Juan CH, Su TP, Bai YM, Chen MH, Lin WC. Cortical inhibitory and excitatory function in drug-naive generalized anxiety disorder. Brain Stimulation 2016 Dec. pii: S1935-861X(16) 30389-8.
17 Yang SH, Chen YY, Lin SH, Liao LD, Lu HS, Wang CF, Chen PC, Lo YC, Phan TD, Chao HY, Lin HC, Lai HY, Huang WC. A sliced inverse regression (SIR) decoding the forelimb movement from neuronal spikes in the rat motor cortex. Frontiers in Neuroscience.2016 Novdoi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00556
18 Chang CF, Lee YH, Lee KH, Lin HC, Chen CL, Shen CK, Huang CC. Therapeutic effect of berberine on TDP-43-related pathogenesis in FTLD and ALS. Journal of Biomedical Science 2016 Oct; 23:72.
19 Lee KI, Lee HT, Lin HCTasy HJ, Tsai FC, Shyue SK, Lee TS. Role of transient receptor potential Ankyrin 1 channels in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neuroinflammation 2016 Apr; 13(1): 92. doi: 10.1186/s12974-016-0557-z. 
20 Lee KI, Chiang CW, Lin HC, Zhao JF, Li CT, Shyue SK, Lee TS. Maternal exposure to di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate exposure deregulates blood pressure, adiposity, cholesterol metabolism and social interaction in mouse offspring. Archives of Toxicology 2016 May; 90(5): 1211-1224.
21 Lin HC#, Pan HC#, Lin SH, Lo YC, Shen Elise TH, Liao LD, Liao PH, Chien YW, Liao KD, Jaw FS, Chu KW, Lai HY, Chen YY. Central thalamic deep-brain stimulation alters striatal–thalamic connectivity in cognitive neural behavior. #equal contribution. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 2016 Jan 13; 9:87. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2015.00087.  #equal contribution.
22 Wu HF, Yen HJ, Huang CC, Lee YC,Wu SZ , Lee TS, Lin HC*, Soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor enhances synaptic neurotransmission and plasticity in mouse prefrontal cortex. Journal of Biomedical Science 2015 Oct; 22:94. doi: 10.1186/s12929-015-0202-7. SCI.
23 Lin HC# Li CT#, David Tan TW, Cheng CW, Chou TK, Kong FL, Yu TH, Huang WS, Su DP, Liu RS, Skye Yeh HH. Non-linear alteration of serotonin transport availability in posttraumatic stress disorder measured with 4- [18F]ADAM positron emission tomography. Current Molecular Imaging  2015; 4: 57-64.  #equal contribution
24 Wang CY, Lin HC#, Song YP#, Hsu YT#, Lin SY, Hsu PC, Lin CH, Hung CC, Hsu MC, Kuo YM, Lee YJ, Hsu CY, Lee YH. 2015. Protein kinase C dependent growth-associated protein 43 phosphorylation regulates gephyrin aggregation at developing GABAergic synapses. Molecular and Cellular Biology  2015 May; 35(10):1712-1726. #equal contribution.
25 Chen YW, Lin HC,Ng MC, Hsiao YH, Wang CC, Gean PW, Chen PS. Activation of mGluR2/3 underlies the effects of N-acetylcystein on amygdala associated autism-like phenotypes in a valproate-induced rat model of autism. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 2014 Jun; 8: 219
26 Wang CC#, Lin HC#Chan YH, Gean PW, Yang YK, Chen PS. (2013). 5-HT1A-receptor agonist modified amygdala activity and amygdala-associated social behavior in a valproate-induced rat autism model. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 2013 Oct; 16(9):2027-2039.  # equal contribution.
27 Lin HC, Gean PW, Wang CC, Chan YH, Chen PS. The Amygdala Excitatory/Inhibitory Balance in a Valproate-induced Rat Autism Model. PLoS One 2013, Jan; 8(1):e55248.
28 Lin HC, Tseng YC, Mao S, Gean PW. GABAA receptor endocytosis in the basolateral amygdala is critical to the reinstatement of fear memory measured with fear-potentiated startle. The Journal of Neuroscience 2011 Tun; 31(24):8851-8861.
29 Lin HC, Mao SC, Su CL, Gean PW. Alterations of excitatory transmission in the lateral amygdala during expression and extinction of fear memory. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 2010 Apr; 13(3):335-345.
30 Lin HC, Mao SC, Su CL, Gean PW. The role of prefrontal cortex CB1 receptors in the modulation of fear memory.  Cereb Cortex 2009 Jan;19(1):165-175.
31 Lin HC, Mao SC, Gean PW. Block of GABAA receptor insertion in the amygdala impairs extinction of conditioned fear. Biological Psychiatry 2009 Oct; 66(7) 665-673.
32 Mao SC, Lin HC, Gean PW. Augmentation of fear extinction by infusion of glycine transporter blockers into the amygdala. Molecular Pharmacology 2009 Aug; 76(2):369-378.
33 Lin HC, Mao SC, Chen PS, Gean PW. Chronic cannabinoid administration in vivo compromises extinction of fear memory. Learning & Memory 2008 Dec; 15(12):876-884.
34 Mao SC, Lin HC, Gean PW. Augmentation of Fear Extinction by D-Cycloserine is Blocked by Proteasome Inhibitors. Neuropsychopharmacology 2008 Dec; 33(13):3085-3095.
35 Lin HC, Mao SC, and Gean PW. Effects of intra-amygdala infusion of CB1 receptor agonists on the reconsolidation of fear-potentiated startle. Learning & Memory 2006 May; 13(3): 316-321.
36 Yeh SH, Mao SC,Lin HC, Gean PW. Synaptic expression of glutamate receptor after encoding of fear memory in the rat amygdala. Molecular Pharmacology 2006 Jan; 69(1): 299-308.
37 Lin HC, Wang SJ, Luo MZ, Gean PW. Activation of group II metabotropic glutamate receptors induces long-term depression of synaptic transmission in the rat amygdala. The Journal of Neuroscience. 2000 Dec; 20(24): 9017–9024.


Research grant: 

1. The synaptic mechanisms underlying stress induced emotional dysregulation in animal: pharmacological and electrical stimulation therapies

2. The role of soluble epoxide hydrolase in the modulation of emotional memory

3. Mechanisms and Treatment of Excitatory/Inhibitory (E/I) Imbalance in Valproic Acid Induced Autism Model

4. Investigation on the synaptic mechanisms in an animal model of autism.

Lab membership:

Postdoctoral fellow: Han-Fang Wu

PhD Students:   Chi-Wei Lee, Pei-Hsun Liu, Ming-Chia Chu

Master Students: Ming-Chia Chu, Zong-Hen Xie, Pei-YU Gao, Hung-Yi WuSze-Chi Tsai,Yung-wei Liao

Undergraduate Students: Yi-Ting Chen, Qiao Ci Yang, Wei-Lun Song

Lab Alumni: Han-Fang Wu, M.S.; Ya-Ting Hsu, M.S.; Chung-Han Weng, M.S., Kai-Wen Chu, Yi-Ju Chen,

                      Chi-Wei Lee,Ting-Yi Lu , Yueh-Jung Chung, Yun-Chi Chang


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